Quotations for February, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
[Love] does not inquire into the character of the recipient but it asks what he needs. It does not love him because he is such-and-such a person but because he is there. In all this it is quite the opposite of natural love: it “does not seek its own.” It does not perform the characteristic natural impulse of love and life. Therefore it is basically independent of the conduct of the other person; it is not conditional but absolute. It wants nothing for itself but only for others. Therefore it is also not vulnerable. It never “reacts” but is always “spontaneous,” emerging by its own strength—rather, from the power of God. Love is the real God-likeness of man for which he has been created. In so far as love is in man he really resembles God and shows himself to be the child of God.
... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), The Letter to the Romans, Philadelphia: Westminister Press, 1959, p. 155
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:45-48; Rom. 12:13-21; 1 Cor. 13:4-5; Eph. 5:1; Phil. 2:4; Col. 3:10-14; Heb. 13:1-3; more at God, Love, Man, Nature, Power)
Thursday, February 2, 2017
THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE
Most Christians live in confusion in regard to their scales of values and priorities. Many honest Christian people experience the shock of a revelation when they are brought to realize that their membership of the Church constitutes a loyalty prior to their loyalty to the nation to which they belong. Patriotism is one of the powerful underground pseudo-religions of to-day, not merely nationalism. The fundamental notion that the Christians are a “peculiar people” that never is identical, or even can be, with a people in the biological, national sense of the word, is largely asleep. It can only become awake by a new grasp of the biblical truth that the Church is the “people of God,” an elect race composed of people out of all nations, transcending all nations and races.
... Hendrik Kraemer (1888-1965), A Theology of the Laity, London: Lutterworth Press, 1958, p. 157
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 2:9; Deut. 4:20; 7:6; Isa. 43:20-21; Eph. 1:13-14; Phil. 2:14-16; Tit. 2:12-14; more at Church, Confusion, God, Loyalty, Nation, People, Truth)
Friday, February 3, 2017
Feast of Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
But sons who are more generously and candidly treated by their fathers do not hesitate to offer them incomplete and halfdone and even defective works, trusting that their obedience and readiness of mind will be accepted by their fathers, even though they have not quite achieved what their fathers intended. Such children ought we to be, firmly trusting that our services will be approved by our most merciful Father, however small, rude, and imperfect these may be.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. II, tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.xix.5, p. 65
(see the book; see also Jas. 1:25; Ps. 119:2-3; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:47-49; 11:28; 1 Cor. 15:58; more at Father, Intention, Obedience, Offering, Son, Trust, Work)
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
Jesus was the representative of the Lord who forgives sins and heals all infirmities; the disciples acknowledged him as “Lord” and transferred to him the position ascribed to the “Lord” in the Old Testament. Just as Jesus placed the penitent heart and the saving will of God higher than the pride of the godly and the letter of the Torah, so Paul preached faith in Christ as the only way to salvation and rejected striving after righteousness through the works of the Law. Above all, Jesus knew himself to be the Messiah and he acted in messianic authority; hence the risen and glorified Jesus was acknowledged as the king of the last days. It is still faith, not sight, that is demanded from men.
... Otto Betz (1917-2005), What Do We Know About Jesus?, translation of Was wissen wir von Jesus?, 1965, London, S.C.M. Press, 1968, p. 115
(see the book; see also John 20:27-29; Rom. 8:23-25; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Heb. 10:38; 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:8; more at Bible, Forgiveness, God, Health, Jesus, Law, Messiah, Penitence, Pride, Righteousness, Salvation, Sin, Will of God)
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Commemoration of Martyrs of Japan, 1597
It is not true that the assertion of spiritual principle is vain because we can not see at the moment how to express that principle in action. It would assuredly make a difference if Christians, in their approach one to another, realized that, in spite of appearances, they were in fact one. If, in their seeking after external reunion, they realized that they were seeking not to create a unity which does not yet exist, but to find an expression for a unity which does exist, which is indeed the one elemental reality, they would approach one another in a better frame of mind. The common recognition of the principle would in itself be a unifying force of great value, and would dispose those who shared it to approach questions of difference in a spirit of unity which would immensely assist their deliberations.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Pentecost and the World, London: Oxford University Press, 1917, included in The Ministry of the Spirit, David M. Paton, ed., London: World Dominion Press, 1960, p. 58 fn.
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 12:3-6; Matt. 16:16-17; John 13:13; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; 1 John 4:2-3; more at Church, Jesus, Share, Unity)
Monday, February 6, 2017
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), What Luther Says: an anthology, v. II, Ewald Martin Plass, ed., Concordia Pub. House, 1959, p. 607
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:28; Ps. 38:4; Isa. 66:2; Mic. 6:6-8; Matt. 23:2-4; John 8:31-32; 16:33; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Gal. 5:1; more at Christ, God, Lamb, Salvation, Sin)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
If we with earnest effort could succeedTo make our life one long, connected prayer,As lives of some perhaps have been and are,If never leaving Thee, we have no needOur wandering spirits back again to leadInto Thy presence, but continued thereLike angels standing on the highest stairOf the Sapphire Throne: this were to pray indeed!But if distractions manifold prevail,And if in this we must confess we fail,Grant us to keep at least a prompt desire,Continual readiness for prayer and praise,An altar heaped and waiting to take fireWith the least spark, and leap into a blaze.
... Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Poems, London: Macmillan, 1874, p. 141
(see the book; see also Ex. 24:9-10; Luke 18:1; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Pet. 4:7; Jude 1:20; more at Altar, Failure, Fire, Praise, Prayer, Spirit)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
When the Bible speaks of “following Jesus,” it is proclaiming a discipleship which will liberate mankind from all man-made dogmas, from every burden and oppression, from every anxiety and torture which afflicts the conscience. If they follow Jesus, men escape from the hard yoke of their own laws, and submit to the kindly yoke of Jesus Christ. But does this mean that we ignore the seriousness of His commands? Far from it! We can only achieve perfect liberty and enjoy fellowship with Jesus when His command, His call to absolute discipleship, is appreciated in its entirety. Only the man who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly, and unresistingly lets His yoke rest upon him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to persevere in the right way. The command of Jesus is hard, unutterably hard, for those who try to resist it.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 37
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:29-30; Ps. 119:45; Isa. 61:1-2; John 16:33; Rom. 8:20-21; 2 Cor. 3:17; 12:9-10; Gal. 5:1; Phil. 4:13; more at Anxiety, Burden, Commandment, Disciple, Obedience, Submission)
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Love ... is very noticeable as fervour and devotion and jubilation, and is yet not always the best thing; for sometimes it is not from love but is caused by nature that one has such taste and sweetness; or it may be a heavenly impression or it may be produced by the senses, and those who have most of this are not always the best. For even if it should be from God, our Lord gives this to such men in order to attract and charm them, and also to detach them from others. But if these same people later grow in love, they may not have so many feelings, and then it will become clear that they have love, if they remain wholly faithful to God without any such support.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 14
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 10:17-18; John 12:42-43; Rom. 2:29; 1 Cor. 4:5; Phil. 1:15-18; 1 Pet. 1:7; more at Devotion, Faith, Growth, Heaven, Love, Nature, People)
Friday, February 10, 2017
Commemoration of Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543
God is not a power or principle or law, but he is a living, creating, communicating person—a mind who thinks, a heart who feels, a will who acts, whose best name is Father.
... Robert Hamill (1912-1975)
(see also Deut. 5:28-29; Gen. 6:6; Ex. 3:14; Ps. 95:8-11; Isa. 1:18; Hos. 14:4; John 3:16,35; Eph. 4:30; more at Father, God, Heart, Knowing God, Law, Power, Thought)
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The great thing, and the only thing, is to adore and praise God.
... Thomas Merton (1915-1968), from the entry for Aug. 28-29, 1956, A Search for Solitude: pursuing the monk’s true life, HarperSanFrancisco, 1996, p. 75
(see the book; see also Ps. 95:1-6; 30:4; 86:8-10; 100:2-4; 103:1-2; 145:3; Jer. 31:12-13; Matt. 5:16; Rom. 15:11; Rev. 5:12; more at God, Praise, Worship)
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Commemoration of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (Nicolas Herman), spiritual writer, 1691
“What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt.” I had rather speak these three sentences from my heart, in my mother tongue, than be master of all the languages in Europe.
... John Newton (1725-1807), in a letter, 1779, The Works of the Rev. John Newton, v. II, New York: Williams and Whiting, 1810, p. 251
(see the book; see also Mark 14:36; 3:35; John 7:17; Rom. 8:27; 12:2; Gal. 4:4-5; more at Heart, Will of God, Worship)
Monday, February 13, 2017
If thou desirest to be safe, turn at once in thy emptiness to God. If thou hast been inconsistent, how canst thou better become consistent again than in God only? How canst thou better escape death than by the true, real Life, which is God Himself?
... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), The Inner Way, Sermon XVI
(see the book; see also Ps. 71:1-3; 31:2-3; 91:1-2; Hos. 13:14; John 1:4; 1 Cor. 10:13; 15:55; more at Death, Emptiness, God, Inconsistency, Life, Safety, Weakness)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Feast of Cyril & Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 & 885
Commemoration of Valentine, Martyr at Rome, c.269
It makes a great difference in our feelings towards others if their needs and their joys are on our lips in prayer; as also it makes a vast difference in their feelings towards us if they know that we are in the habit of praying for them. There is no chasm in society that cannot be firmly and permanently bridged by intercession; there is no feud or dislike that cannot be healed by the same exercise of love.
... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World , London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 83
(see the book; see also 1 Thess. 5:25; Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 5:5; Heb. 13:18-19; Jas. 5:16; more at Attitudes, Intercession, Love, Prayer, Social)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Commemoration of Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of SPCK, 1730
The indwelling of Christ’s Spirit means not only moral discernment but moral power. Paul’s count against the Law is that it was impotent through the flesh. Against this impotence Paul sets the ethical competence of the Spirit. “I can do anything in Him who makes me strong,” (Phil. 4:13) he exclaims. For his friends in Asia he prays “that God may grant you, according to the wealth of His splendour, to be made strong with power through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your trust in Him.” (Eph. 3:16-17) This is the antithesis of the dismal picture presented in Romans 7, and it comes, just as evidently as that, out of experience. Indeed, we may say that the thing above all which distinguished the early Christian community from its environment was the moral competence of its members. In order to maintain this we need not idealize unduly the early Christians. There were sins and scandals at Corinth and Ephesus, but it was impossible to miss the note of genuine power of renewal and recuperation—the power of the simple person progressively to approximate to his moral ideals in spite of failures. The very fact that the term “Spirit” is used points to a sense of something essentially “supernatural” in such ethical attainment. For the primitive Christians the Spirit was manifested in what they regarded as miraculous. Paul does not whittle away the miraculous sense when he transfers it to the moral sphere. He concentrates attention on the moral miracle as something more wonderful far than any “speaking with tongues.” So fully convinced is he of the new and miraculous nature of this moral power that he can regard the Christian as a “new creation.” (II Cor. 5:17) This is not the old person at all: it is a “new man,” “created in Christ Jesus for good deeds.” (Eph. 2:10) [Continued tomorrow]
... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today, London: Swarthmore, 1920, reprint, Fount Paperbacks, 1978, p. 134-135
(see the book; see also Eph. 2:10; 1 Cor. 8:7-13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; 3:16-17; Phil. 4:13; more at Bible, Christ, Experience, Heart, Holy Spirit, Man, Miracle, Morality, Power, Trust)
Thursday, February 16, 2017
[Continued from yesterday]The result of all this is that the Christian is a free man. It is here to be observed that the term “freedom” is ambiguous in common usage. It is sometimes used to imply that a man can do just as he likes, undetermined by any external force. To this the determinist replies that as a matter of fact this freedom is so limited by the laws which condition man’s empirical existence as to be illusory. The rejoinder from the advocates of free will is that no external force can determine a man’s moral conduct (and with mere automatism we are not concerned), unless it is presented in consciousness, and that in being so presented it becomes a desire, a temptation, or a motive. In suffering himself to be determined by these, the man is not submitting to external control, but to something which he has already made a part of himself, for good or ill. When, however, we have said that, we are faced with a further problem. Not all that is desired is desirable, and in being moved by my immediate desire I may be balking myself of that ultimate satisfaction which is the real object of all effort. If that is so, then to “do as I like” may well be no freedom at all. There is a law of our being which forbids satisfaction to be found along that line, as it is written, “He gave them their desire, and sent leanness into their souls.” (Ps. 106:15) [Continued tomorrow]
... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today, London: Swarthmore, 1920, reprint, Fount Paperbacks, 1978, p. 135
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:17; Ps. 106:15; Isa. 43:18-19; John 8:32-36; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:1,13; more at Antinomianism, Bible, Free will, Freedom, Law, Man)
Friday, February 17, 2017
Feast of Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977
[Continued from yesterday]He, then, whose action is governed by mere desire is not free to attain the satisfaction which alone gives meaning to that desire. There is no breaking through this law of our being. Every attempt to do so proves itself in experience to be futile. Hence we are in a more hopeless state of bondage than that which materialistic determinism holds; for the tyrant is established within our own consciousness. One way, and one way only, out of this bondage remains. If we can discover how to make our own immediate desire, and the act of will springing out of it, accord with the supreme law of our being, then to “do as we like” will no longer be to run our heads against the stone wall of necessity which shuts us out from the heaven of satisfaction. For we shall only “like” doing what we “ought.” This introduces a new sense of the word “freedom.” It does not now mean freedom from restrains to follow our desires, but freedom from the tyranny of futile desires to follow what is really good. [Continued tomorrow]
... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today, London: Swarthmore, 1920, reprint, Fount Paperbacks, 1978, p. 135-136
(see the book; see also Rom. 7:5-6; Isa. 48:16-17; Rom. 8:13-14; Gal. 5:16,22-25; Eph. 5:8-9; more at Bible, Bondage, Freedom, Law, Meaning, Tyranny)
Saturday, February 18, 2017
[Continued from yesterday]This is Paul’s meaning. The state of slavery described in Romans 7 is a slavery to wrong desires; not merely to “flesh” in the abstract, as implying our material nature and environment, but to the “mind of the flesh”—the lower nature and environment made a part of one’s conscious self. What the Law could not do, God has done by the gift of the Spirit of Christ: He has given the victory to the higher self. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (II Cor. 3:17) “The Law of the Spirit—the law of a life in communion with Christ Jesus—has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:2) Whereas life was a hopeless struggle, ... it now becomes a struggle in which the handicap is removed, and victory already secured in principle, because God has come into the life. The Law was external; it was a taskmaster set over against the troubled and fettered will of man. The Spirit is within, the mind of the Spirit is the mind of the man himself, and from within works out a growing perfection of life which satisfies the real longing of the soul. In the full sense freedom is still an object of hope; but the liberty already attained makes possible the building up of a Christian morality.
... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today, London: Swarthmore, 1920, reprint, Fount Paperbacks, 1978, p. 136-137
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:2; 2 Cor. 3:17; Phil. 4:13; more at Bible, Freedom, Law, Liberty, Morality, Nature, Victory)
Sunday, February 19, 2017
The pure eye for the true vision of another’s claims can only go with the loving heart. The man who hates can hardly be delicate in doing justice, say to his neighbor’s love, to his neighbor’s predilections and peculiarities. It is hard enough to be just to our friends; and how shall our enemies fare with us?
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Love Thine Enemy”, in Unspoken Sermons [First Series], London: A. Strahan, 1867, p. 224-225
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:43-45; Ex. 23:4-5; Ps. 35:11-14; Luke 6:27-28,34-35; 23:34; Rom. 12:14,20-21; 1 Pet. 2:23; 3:9; more at Enemy, Friend, Hatred, Heart, Justice, Love, Man, Neighbor, Purity, Vision)
Monday, February 20, 2017
Commemoration of Cecile Isherwood, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Grahamstown, South Africa, 1906
I know what it is to doubt and question. And I suspect that every Christian who takes the time to think seriously about his faith, does so too.
... Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010), Reason Enough, Exeter: Paternoster, 1980, p. 107
(see the book; see also Jude 1:22-23; Matt. 14:28-31; Luke 14:28-30; John 10:24-27; 20:24-29; 1 John 4:1-3; more at Doubt, Faith, Question, Thought)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The evil of riches, then, for institutions, for nations, for individuals, is that those who possess or seek to possess almost invariably overvalue possessions and so cease to live creatively. They stop loving God with all the heart and all the soul and all the strength and all the mind. They stop loving their neighbors, too. When you find a person of means who is not either a self-centered bore or a low creature, you may know that God has worked a miracle.
... Bernard Iddings Bell (1886-1958), God is Not Dead, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945, p. 89
(see the book; see also Luke 12:27-34; Lev. 19:18,34; Deut. 6:5; Matt. 19:23-24; Mark 10:24-25; 12:30-31; Luke 12:15; 16:13; 18:24-25; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; Jas. 1:9-11; more at Evil, God, Love, Miracle, Neighbor, Possession, Sin)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It may well be that the world is denied miracle after miracle and triumph after triumph because we will not bring to Christ what we have and what we are. If, just as we are, we would lay ourselves on the altar of the service of Jesus Christ, there is no saying what Christ could do with us and through us. We may be sorry and embarrassed that we have not more to bring—and rightly so; but that is not reason for failing or refusing to bring what we have and what we are. Little is always much in the hands of Christ.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John, v. 1, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1965, p. 207-208
(see the book; see also John 6:11-14; Matt. 14:19-21; 15:36-38; 16:8-12; Mark 6:41-44; 8:5-9,17-21; Luke 9:13-17; more at Altar, Christ, Miracle, Obedience, Offering, Service, Unbelief, World)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Feast of Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155
He who was raised from the dead will raise us also, if we do His will and live by His commands and love what He loved, refraining from all injustice, covetousness, love of money, evil-speaking, false witness, not returning evil for evil or abuse for abuse, or blow for blow, or curse for curse, but remembering what the Lord said when He taught: Do not judge, so that you may not be judged; forgive and you will be forgiven; have mercy so that you may be shown mercy; with the measure you use men will measure back to you; and blessed are the poor and those who are persecuted for their uprightness, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
... Polycarp (69?-155?), Letter to the Philippians A.D. 110-140, 2:2-3
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 6:14; Matt. 5:7,11-12; 6:14; 7:1-2; Luke 6:20,22; Rom. 6:4-8; 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:15-20; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; Phil. 3:10-11; more at Blessing, Evil, Forgiveness, Judgment, Kingdom, Mercy, Obedience, Resurrection)
Friday, February 24, 2017
This is the real Church of the Lord Jesus Christ—not merely organization, but a group of people, individually the children of God, drawn together by the Holy Spirit for a particular task either in a local situation or over a wider area. The Church of the Lord Jesus should be a group of those who are redeemed and bound together on the basis of true doctrine. But subsequently they should show together a substantial “sociological healing” of the breaches between men, which have come about because of... man’s sin.The Christian sociological position is that the sociological problems which exist... are a result of the separation that has come between men because of sin. [Continued tomorrow]
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There , in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 166
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 14:20; Rom. 1:21-23; 12:1-2; 13:14; Gal. 3:27; Eph. 2:19-22; 4:24-25; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; more at Body of Christ, Church, Holy Spirit, Jesus, People, Redemption, Sin, Social)
Saturday, February 25, 2017
[Continued from yesterday]Now the world should be able to see in the Church those marks which exhibit that there is a substantial sociological healing possible in the present generation... It is not enough for the Church to be engaged with the State in healing social ills, though this is important at times. But when the world can turn around and see a group of God’s people exhibiting substantial healing in the area of human relationships in their present life, then the world will take notice. Each group of Christians is, as it were, a pilot plant, showing that something can be done in the present situation, if only we begin in the right way.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There , in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 166
(see the book; see also Col. 3:9-17; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:2-3,32; more at Beginning, Church, God, Life, People, Sight, Social, World)
Sunday, February 26, 2017
We must confess our sins in order to obtain pardon; but we must see our sins in order to confess. How few of those who think that they have confessed and been pardoned have ever seen their sin!
... Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), The Rod, the Root, and the Flower , London: G. Bell and Sons, 1907, p. 221
(see the book; see also 1 John 1:9-10; Lev. 26:40-42; 1 Sam. 15:22; Ps. 32:5; 38:18; 51:2-3,7; Isa. 1;11-17; Luke 15:18-21; Jas. 5:16; more at Confession, Repentance, Sight, Sin)
Monday, February 27, 2017
Feast of George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633
Immortal Love, author of this great frame,Sprung from that beauty which can never fade;How hath man parcel’d out thy glorious name,And thrown it on that dust which thou hast made,
While mortal love doth all the title gain!Which siding with invention, they togetherBear all the sway, possessing heart and brain(Thy workmanship), and give thee share in neither.
Wit fancies beauty, beauty raiseth wit:The world is theirs; they two play out the game,Thou standing by: and though thy glorious nameWrought our deliverance from th’ infernal pit,
Who sings thy praise? only a scarf or gloveDoth warm our hands, and make them write of love.
... George Herbert (1593-1633), The Poetical Works of George Herbert, New York: D. Appleton, 1857, p. 65
(see the book; see also Ps. 98; Gen. 1:27; 2:23; Mal. 2:15; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6-8; more at Beauty, Love, Man, Mortality, Praise, World, Worship)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
May the Lord lead further and further those who do in earnest want to live the Joshua [i.e., transformed] life. It means a daily dying to self and what self wants—a daily turning to our Master with a “Yes, Lord” to everything, even to what is most against the grain. May He quicken those who have not yet begun to live this life to see what they are missing, before it is too late.
... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), Edges of His Ways , London: SPCK, 1957, p. 102
(see the book; see also Luke 5:36; Ps. 51:10; 2 Cor. 6:16; Rom. 12:2; 13:14; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:18-19; 4:22-24; Col. 1:27; more at Authenticity, Beginning, Death, Life, Self, Sight)
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